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Title: AEF Issues

Action: In the background is a faded image of fighter planes and the right half of the graph from AEF Vision Across the Spectrum. The following text is shown in support of the narration:

AEF Concept—Major Issues:

Voice: Air Force leaders may face major issues as they see how the AEF concept is affected by operations across the spectrum of conflict. One issue involves determining how to select forces to respond to the transition to surge operations. The selection process should minimize the disruption of AEF cycles after surge operations have ceased, yet also balance against combatant commander requirements for mission accomplishment. A second issue is how to reconstitute so that forces can recover to the AEF cycle as quickly as possible. Another issue regards the level of steady state commitments after any large-scale contingency. More specifically, how will steady state commitments change? Because the AEF concept is still evolving, Air Force leaders are faced with these and other issues. Current operations along with ongoing steady state requirements may provide leaders with the insight and experience to effectively deal with these issues.

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